VIP Tasting and Symposium with Harlen Wheatley – Master distiller from Buffalo Trace – at Tennessee State MuseumJoin us as Harlen Wheatley hosts a night to remember. An intimate setting, the Tennessee State Museum will set the mood, as you are able to indulge in some of the world’s finest and most highly allocated Bourbon Whiskies. To add more pleasure to your palate, Porter Road Butcher will be providing delectable hors d’oeuvre made using Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Weller Reserve Bourbon. Harlen Wheatley will talk about his life in the whiskey world, how he came to be the Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace Bourbon and walk you through 9 pouring’s, explaining the uniqueness and story behind each whiskey. Bourbon being tasted will include:
- Buffalo Trace
- Eagle Rare 10yr
- Eagle Rare 17yr
- Sazerac 18yr Rye
- George T. Stagg
- Thomas H Handy
- Sazerac Rye
- William Larue Weller
- Pappy Van Winkle 20yr
Along with these incredible bourbons each guest will receive a special edition Nashville Whiskey Festival Tasting Glass as well as a collectors edition flask from the distillery. This is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.
Where: Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick Street
When: 6pm – 8pm, Thursday, September 20th
How Much: $200 per ticket, plus TPAC ticketing fees (50 person max event) BUY TICKETS
Tennessee State Museum sets the background once again for our Friday night event. With three
women leading the way in whiskey pioneering, this event will be exclusively for the ladies. Troy
Ball, Master Distiller of Troy & Sons, has had a breakout in the whiskey world recently, being
featured on Today, CBS This Morning, Southern Living, World Whiskey Review, Yahoo!, Garden
& Gun and many others. Joining Troy will be Hollis Bulleit, daughter of Bulleit Master Distiller,
Tom Bulleit and finally Britt Chavanne from KBD/Willett Distilling Company. Guests will have the
opportunity to chat with these distinguished ladies during a special Q&A presentation hosted by
two of Nashville’s leading ladies, Marcia Masulla of Yelp Nashville and Heather Byrd of Byrd’s Eye View.
Participants will also get to sample through their whiskeys and then participate in a cocktail off.
Each distiller will pair off with a bartender and make a classic whiskey cocktail that they think best suits their whiskey.
Guests will have the opportunity to chat with these distinguished ladies during a special Q&A presentation hosted by two of Nashville’s leading ladies, Marcia Masulla of Yelp and Heather Byrd of Byrd’s Eye View
Participants will then get to vote on their favorite cocktail of the evening. Food will be provided
by Porter Road Butcher and each guest will receive a special edition Riedel Nashville Whiskey
Festival glass. For the tasting itself here is the lineup:
Troy & Sons
Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey Troy & Sons Oak Reserve Whiskey
Partnered with Shannon Wright, bar manager of Burger Up.
Bulleit Bourbon Bulleit 95 Rye
Partnered with Stephanie Melidis or City House Nashville.
Willett Distilling Company
Johnny Drum Bourbon Willett Pot Still
Partnered with Miranda Poore of Patterson House.
Where: Tennessee State Museum 505 Deaderick Street
When: 6pm – 8pm, Friday, September 21st
How Much: $40/person, plus TPAC ticket fees BUY TICKETS
War Memorial Auditorium General Admission Tickets – $75 (Plus TPAC ticket fees) VIP Tickets – $125 (Plus TPAC ticket fees) BUY TICKETS 1:00- 2:00pm VIP hour – guests will get an extra hour to taste as well as having the opportunity to taste some rarer bourbons and whiskeys that will only be poured in the first hour, additionally VIP guests will receive a very special goodie bag 2:00-6:00pm General Tasting which will include: -Over 30 American Craft Distilleries represented -Educational Seminars given by Master Distillers-No extra charge admission on a first come first serve basis. Additionally all guests will have access to: -Cigar Kiosk -Food provided by Porter Road Butcher, and Riff’s Truck -Live Blue Grass Band -Each customer will receive a free special edition Nashville Whiskey Festival Riedel tasting glass to taste with and take home.
- Seminar #1 -
What They Don’t Tell You About Opening A Small Craft Distillery (2:30 – 3:15) Prichards’ Master Distiller, Phil Prichard, Derek Bell, co-owner of Corsair, and Andrew Webber, co-owner and Master Distiller of Corsair, host a 45 minute seminar on the trials and tribulations of small craft distilleries. While partaking in their whiskies, these small craft distillers will enlighten you on all that comes with making a small craft distillery blossom, how Prichards and Balcones distilleries got started and how the recent upswell of the small craft distillery has turned the whiskey world upside down.
- Seminar #2 -
The Art of the Modern Whiskey Cocktail With Tim Laird (3:45 – 4:30)America’s Chief Entertaining Officer and cocktail guru, Tim Laird, brings his vast knowledge of the art behind the special crafting of cocktails. Brand spokesman and CCO (Chief Cocktail Officer) for major fine wine and spirits producer Brown-Forman, will walk you through the art and body of the modern cocktail with a special emphasis on whiskey based refreshments. Tim will work his cocktail magic and share and create some of his favorite recipes with you. What’s even better is that you will be able to taste a few of them! Using hot new products and ideas combined with the timeless staples of cocktails, Tim will give you lots of insight on the tips and tricks of this tasty trade. Tim has made appearances on ABC and Fox showing off his vast knowledge and savvy when it comes to cocktails and food pairing. To check some of his appearances click here.
- Seminar #3 –
The Evolution of Bourbon with Master Distillers Fred Noe of Jim Beam & Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey (5:00 – 5:45) When we say we save the best for last, we really mean it. You’ll feel like you’re sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair drinking with old friends in this seminar hosted by two long time Master Distillers Fred Booker Noe and Jimmy Russell. Two of the most revered whiskey distillers in the world, Fred and Jimmy have witnessed the rise, fall and revival of whiskey production in the South. They will express their personal takes on the evolution of bourbon through the past few decades and the growth of “small batch” bourbon, while tasting you on their own “babies”: Russell’s Reserve 6 & 10 year, Basil Hayden’s, Bookers & more. Take it from us, we’re pretty sure they know exactly what they’re talking about.